[Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.]
We continue today with Ashley Hutchings” May 2001 notes in the insert that came with the expanded CD, where he has just been talking of the eclectic nature of the band’s repertoire and the fun they had:
“There was a lot of that commodity around the BBC studios in those days. The now legendary producer Bernie Andrews ran the best sessions. He became a personal friend to the band, as did his cohort, John Peel. In Ken Garner’s book In Session Tonight I recall a couple of examples of Bernie’s care and attention – not to say his willingness to indulge us. I make no apology for repeating them here. On the ragtimey “If It Feels Good” we fancied overlaying a kazoo. But not just any kazoo – no, we wanted one sped up. So we took about an hour to do all this and insert the speeded up solo into the track. We also had fun with a sound joke. This involved breaking a cup,which wasn’t as easy as it sounds, because it had to have the right kind of smash, and then inserting it into the song after the line “put down your coffee mug”. The whole operation took up another hour, and several BBC cups.”
More next time.